Last month, I introduced you to the Connecting Leeds campaign. This includes various pilot schemes across the city for Active Travel Neighbourhoods. As we’ve said, these measures utilise large planters to effectively cut off ‘through access’ to certain roads. The idea is to reduce ‘rat runs’, creating virtual cul de sacs. They’re geared to improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and local residents. The pilots are having mixed reviews, often depending on the very specific social mix of each neighbourhood. However, in Chapeltown local residents all came out to share their very positive views of their newly established ATN pilot.
As you can see, local youngsters were having an amazing time. They were really enjoying their new found freedom to play together on the street. Street play included biking, roller blading, scootering, hopscotch and football. Meanwhile, parents shared a relaxed cuppa and a conversation. It was brilliant to have volunteers literally queuing up to endorse the project in photographs and on film. Thanks to everyone who came out on a chilly Sunday morning to take part.